‘Ukulele students who came early to class got to play along with my husband and me as we practiced songs from memory to perform later that afternoon at a Kamehameha Alumni event where 100 people were expected to attend. In the old Hawaiian way, one person jumped up and danced hula as we sang “Hanalei Moon.” What a treat!
Twenty-three people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 11 songs to celebrate Statehood Day aka Admissions Day when Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state on August 21, 1959.
We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. We also continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.
We sang 11 songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:
- Hawaii Ponoi – Waltz Variation Strum.
- King Kamehameha – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- What Aloha Means – 2 Waltz Strums.
- Oahu – On the Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Blue Hawaii – I Wanna Rest Strum/4And Strum.
- Kauai – Hele On To Kauai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Kauai – Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz Strums.
- Big Island – Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- There’s No Place Like Hawaii – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs is Thursday, September 5.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele